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Old 01-22-2014, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default First brew ever recipe

Finally got around to brewing my first beer today at my LHBS, with the help and oversight of the owner. He only teaches all grain so that's how I learned. Told him I wanted a fairly simple IPA that's not overly bitter or hoppy, so that my lady could also enjoy it. I chose the hops, and he helped me fill out the recipe and create the very simple hop schedule. I forgot my notes but I'm pretty sure I remember the ingredients and amounts just not the alpha acid%. Here it is all critiques and comments are appreciated!

Tayler-made IPA All Grain Recipe

11 lb American 2 row malt
1 lb Honey malt
1 lb 20L Caramel malt

1 oz Mosaic @ 60 min
1 oz Amarillio @ 30 min
1 oz Citra @ 0 min dry hop at day 3

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I'm wondering if I should add more to the dry hopping? While I'm really going for a not so bitter/hoppy ale I feel like it may not have enough.

All in all it was an awesome experience and I can't wait for the next brew day!

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Old 01-22-2014, 02:05 PM   #2
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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this is going to be a sweet beer with a strong honey flavor. you'll get some tropical fruit as well.

i would assume this was around 1.055 and will finish relatively high for an IPA. probably more proper to think of this as a honey pale ale. IPA's tend to be 14-16# of grain and use 4+ ounces of hops per batch.

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Thanks for the feedback! I wish I held on to my paper with the recipe I'm not quite sure if it was 11 or 12 lbs of the two row. But there was definitely a pound of honey malt. I was also curious if it was closer to a pale than an ipa. Hoping it will taste great but would you recommend using 2 oz of hops for the dry hopping to balance the honey sweetness?

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Old 01-22-2014, 03:46 PM   #5
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i've seen some recipes with upwards of 40% honeymalt, iv'e tried said recipes and they're awesome.
Not saying that is the way to go, i'm just saying, they're good
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/loca...recipe-388178/ is one of them.

With THAT being said... my notes for that recipe.

That indeed looks more like a pale ale, not so much like an IPA with the hop amounts and such, it should be good, but it wont be an IPA hop bomb for sure.
i'd wait off on the extra once of dry hops for now... citra is a pretty pungent dry hopper, and with the low amount of hops in the boil, i'd just wait off a bit. in 4-5 days if it's not what you like, i'd toss more in for a few more days.

more doesn't hurt, but it takes awhile to come out if it's not what you were going for

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I agree that the hopping schedule is more of a pale ale, but your grain bill is much more of an IPA. I'm not sure I agree RonPopeil as far as his assessment of your OG. I made an IPA last weekend with 12 pounds of malt, no sugar, and came out with an OG of 1.070 with a 5 G batch. I get around 80% efficiency, but even at 70% 13# should get you an OG of about 1.066 in a 5G batch.

I do however agree with RonPopeil's assessment of the sweetness of this beer. I think some of the better IPAs I've had recently are getting away from crystal malt, and either just have a more diverse base malt bill (2-row/Munich/Vienna) or use amber malts and/or Carafa for color, if you want it. This way the sweetness of the crystal-type malts don't conflict the hop flavor. My suggestion would be to ditch the sweet malts in the future, or if you're going to use them, use no more than a half pound per 5 G batch, with the Lovibond of the crystal malt not exceeding 40.

And yes, more hops for an IPA. I've been doing all mine recently with hop bursting, so I like to do large additions at the 15 minute mark for my IBUs, and then 2-3 ounces at flame out for aroma/flavor, and another 3 or so ounces dry-hopped for 5 days.

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Thanks guys I think I will try it after a few days to see where it's at but how exactly do I go about taking a sample without possible contamination? And I never took any gravity readings maybe ill get a hydrometer for bottling day. Whether its a pale or ipa I'm excited just to see if it tastes good!

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It will be GREAT !! When you do your tasting notes get both taste and smell .. can always adjust next time. WTG !

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Thanks for the enthusiastic reply soccerdad will definitely get tasting notes when it's good to go

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Well I just got this bottled on Tuesday this week, it was relatively painless though I gotta say it was difficult for me to see where the sediment started on the bottom of the fermenting bucket so I got a bit extra in some of the bottles. It's all good though, never got a hydrometer so didnt take any gravity readings. Got to taste a bit, it wasn't bad at all, the hop aromas and bitterness came through better than I hoped with such a small amount used. It was lightly sweet but not overpowering. Really just tasted like a very plain and simple pale ale. Ill get some tasting notes after I crack open a bottle in two weeks

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